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  • A family shares this safety message as fireworks sales begin Sunday

    December 17, 2020
    On January 1, 2019, 13-year old Aidan Arriaga decided to take the 70-sparkler challenge. It was something he saw promoted online. To celebrate the New Year, Aidan bundled 70 sparklers together and lit them. Instead of creating a showy, harmless display, they exploded in his hand. That led to emergency treatment at University Hospital’s Trauma Center, several days in the hospital and severe burns that took a long time to heal. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says more than half...
  • Trauma team prepares schools for emergencies by delivering Stop the Bleed kits

    August 26, 2020
    The Level I trauma team at University Hospital delivered the final 750 bleeding control kits to Bexar County school districts as part of its Stop the Bleed program.
  • Another COVID pivot for schools

    August 07, 2020
    As if schools didn’t have enough to think about this year, here’s a message for the school nurse: stop using nebulizers. Dr. Mandie Svatek, a University Hospital pediatrician, associate professor with UT Health San Antonio, and a member of the citywide COVID Enforcement and Education Task Force and the K-12 Schools Coalition Team, told a group of 476 nurses and health assistance at a Region 20 meeting this week that they need to switch to delivering inhaled medicines through...
  • Back-to-school immunizations

    July 31, 2020
    Whether kids are beginning the school year by attending virtual or in-person classes, they still need to receive their scheduled immunizations. It’s especially important this year, as we also take precautions to avoid COVID-19 while also protecting against dangerous, preventable childhood illnesses. The State of Texas requires students to be up-to-date with their shots, in the process of getting them or have a valid exemption when school begins. Because of COVID-19 concerns, the big...
  • Children with cancer being photographed for holiday portraits

    November 18, 2019
    A professional photographer is working with the non-profit organization Flashes of Hope to capture the spirit of pediatric cancer patients at University Hospital.
  • University Health System to break ground on new Women’s and Children’s Hospital

    November 01, 2019
    A line of children and mothers drove the first ceremonial shovels into the sand today, and the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio raised their voices in celebration of the construction of a new hospital — the only one in South Texas dedicated exclusively to the needs of women and children. The Women’s and Children’s Hospital at University Hospital will be a 12-story, state-of-the-art, 300-bed, half-million-square-foot facility with a 900-space patient and visitor parking...
  • Trick or treat with little ghosts and goblins

    October 31, 2019
    Every year our Child Life team organizes a Halloween parade for our pediatric patients. We didn’t want our littlest unicorns and superheroes to miss out on the spooky fun so we brought it to them!
  • Let’s protect our children who walk to school

    October 01, 2019
    Nationwide, more than 40 child pedestrians are hit by cars and killed or injured every day in the United States.
  • HPV vaccine helps prevent cancer

    August 06, 2019
    The HPV vaccine prevents several cancers, but many Bexar County parents aren’t getting it for their kids.
  • Summer camp comes to children at University Hospital

    July 30, 2019
    On day seven of his stay at University Hospital, 16-year old Daniel Navarro almost forgot he was sick. He pulled on a bright green t-shirt emblazoned with the word “campers” and joined a half dozen other pediatric patients building miniature ice cream trucks with Lego building blocks. As part of the hospital’s two-week Camp University Kids, LEGOLAND Discovery Center brought Master Model Builder Kevin Hintz, mascot Bertie and packets of plastic Lego bricks to camp. Daniel,...
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